I made it through the surgery for my 2nd SCS implant. The surgery was brutal. It lasted over 3 hours. When I was awake to test the leads I was in agony. They had a very difficult time getting the leads placed. I have a lot of scar tissue. I am happy to say that I believe the leads are placed correctly and I will get the relief I am looking for. I am going to see my doctor this morning to have him check the incisions. I have a huge amount of swelling where the battery is placed on my side, against my ribs. The incision is about 5 inches. The other incision runs all the way up my neck and about 2 inches up the back of my head. It is at least 6 inches. I have had to sleep sitting in a chair because the pain is too intense when I lay down. I am in terrible pain and I am having constant spasms. The pain medicine is not helping very much. My doctor told me to expect a painful recovery and I understand this is normal and it will take time to heal. My last SCS surgery was nothing like this one. Ouch!!
After I meet with my doctor this morning I will meet with the rep to get a little more programming. I am getting good coverage for some of my head pain but I definately need fine tuning. It is my experience that the coverage will get better after the swelling subsides. I am confident that this new SCS will help me have a better quality of life. I will keep you all posted. Thank you for your concern and support!